Students at Everitt Middle School in Springfield are taking a stand.
The school’s administration has separated boys and girls in the courtyard before school starts, but some parents and students say the move is over the top.
Friday, Everitt Middle students staged a protest, hoping to get back some of the only free social time they have during the school day.
Many students wore white shirts to express their displeasure with the new rule. Starting on Thursday boys had to stay on one side of the courtyard, girls on the other, before school starts.
Administrators say it's a safety issue, but students argue there has to be another way to keep troublemakers under control.
Linda Lunden is the school’s principal and says, "I'm going to meet with kids."
As NewsChannel Seven walked around Everitt Friday morning, reporter Amy Morris says most of the girls were busy passing around petitions to overturn the new rule, but the boys were much more rambunctious, even starting their own mosh pit, a circle where boys slam dance into each other.
Administrators say it's actions like that that spurred on the separation.